fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

1a : invent, create
b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence
2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce fabricator (audio) \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

But the new coin was met with skepticism after a New York Times investigation uncovered that one of Centra’s chief executives had been fabricated. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled charged for illegally touting crypto offerings," 29 Nov. 2018 While the stats are impressive, the amazing part of this is how the material is fabricated. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018 Police determined her story about the kidnapping and person at large was fabricated. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Prescott woman, arrested in murder, fabricated kidnapping story, police say," 22 June 2018 He and his wife, Thamara Caleño, were arrested on weapons charges that his legal team says were fabricated. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Confusion swirls around Venezuelan prison revolt where US. citizen is detained," 17 May 2018 Throughout the experiments, the poll numbers were fabricated for purposes of experimental control. Benjamin Toff, Washington Post, "How worried are you about an impending trade war? That might depend on what your fellow party members think," 12 July 2018 For the exhibit, Central Maryland Blacksmith Guild artisans fabricated reproduction bilboes — a type of ankle restraint — and a slave collar, to place on display. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Documenting the slave trade past of Baltimore, and Homewood," 23 June 2018 Rivera, 34, is charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair an investigation, and is being held on $250,000 bond. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Naked boy washed up on Texas beach 8 months ago. His mom, her girlfriend are in jail," 20 June 2018 What can come from that, unfortunately, is a catty girl-fight narrative completely fabricated by social media. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jenna Dewan Responded to People Who Say She Looks Just Like Jessie J," 15 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fabricate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fabricate

Share fabricate

Statistics for fabricate

Last Updated

9 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fabricate

The first known use of fabricate was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fabricate



English Language Learners Definition of fabricate

: to make or build (something)
: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people


fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on fabricate

What made you want to look up fabricate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!